Rainout gives GJ Rox needed rest

Purple Sunday turned into a gray, rainy Sunday, with the Grand Junction Rockies postponing their game against Helena because of persistent rain.

General Manager Tim Ray said with a forecast that had the Grand Valley socked in with rain all day, the club opted to avoid fighting the elements and hope for better weather today.

The teams will play a doubleheader today, with two 7-inning games, starting at 5 p.m. at Suplizio Field. Tickets for Sunday’s game will be honored today, Ray said.

A combination of rainy weather and school being back in session hurt the club’s attendance on Thursday night, when only 1,908 attended the game. Saturday night, the crowd grew to 2,495.

The rainout allowed Helena manager Tony Diggs to spend some extra time with his son, A.J., a freshman on the football and baseball teams at Colorado Mesa University.

It also gave the Rockies a bonus day off. The club is not scheduled to have another day off the rest of the regular season, which ends Sept. 8 at Ogden. With today’s doubleheader, the Rockies will play 15 games in the next 14 days.

The Rockies, by winning the first-half title, will host Games 2 and 3 of the Pioneer League South Division series, Sept. 10-11. The series begins on the road Sept. 9.

The teams that win their respective division series get a day off to travel for the start of Pioneer League championship series.


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